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Why did you want to be a registered nurse?


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Barri’s Answer

I chose nursing for the flexibility of this career, as I had already been in middle management for many years, and it was not only boring, but very difficult to advance. Since I was a nurse recruiter, I knew RNs could move laterally from working in a hospital to working in a clinic or even working as a case manager or education. I was always very interested in STEM careers, but previously lacked the confidence that I could stand the rigors of such a choice.. However, I decided to believe I could do the work necessary to complete the difficult coursework. I highly recommend checking out that last link to determine if the courses are something you can handle. I also chose nursing because, at the time, my supervisor expected me to work a lot of overtime every week, but I did not get paid for it. Since I resided in California, I knew there was a law for nurses which paid overtime after 8 hours in a day. Seven years after graduation, I am very happy with my choice, as I tried hospital nursing, clinic nursing, psychiatric nursing, and now finally found my niche: I work at home as a case manager.


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Richard’s Answer

Nursing is a great career. They have an opportunity to make an impact on the lives of patients during their most vulnerable times in their lives. After obtaining a nursing degree, there are so many pathways open to nurses: jobs in hospitals or clinics, working with critically ill patients or providing preventative care for healthy people, working in procedure oriented specialties such as surgery or cardiology, management or clinical medicine, even pursuing advanced degrees such as becoming a nurse practitioner or CRNA.

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Jane’s Answer

To be honest I don't know what made me want to be a nurse when I was thinking about my future. At that time in my life most women were nurses or teachers. I really wanted to be a veterinarian but didn't have the proper guidance to help me pursue that path. I have been a pediatric nurse for 40 years and would not change that decision at all. My recommendation to you is to find someone to support and guide you through your thoughts about the future. And know that there are many nurses who started out with the intention of doing something else as a career and moved to nursing as a second career. Good luck with your future plans. Nursing is a great choice.


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